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noun, plural (especially collectively) britt, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) britts.
  1. a turbot of northeastern Atlantic seas.
  2. brit.

Origin of britt

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brit

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[brit]
noun
  1. the group of small marine animals forming the food of whalebone whales.
  2. the young of herring and sprat.

Origin of brit

1595–1605; perhaps < Cornish brȳthel mackerel; akin to Old Cornish brȳth, Welsh brith speckled
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British Dictionary definitions for britt

brit

noun (functioning as singular or plural)
  1. the young of a herring, sprat, or similar fish
  2. minute marine crustaceans, esp copepods, forming food for many fishes and whales

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Cornish brӯthel mackerel; see brill

Brit1

noun
  1. informal a British person

Brit2

abbreviation for
  1. Britain
  2. British
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Word Origin and History for britt

Brit

n.

U.S. colloquial shortening of Britisher or Briton, 1901, formerly (in common with Britisher) highly offensive to Englishmen traveling in the States, who regarded it as yet another instance of the "odious vulgarism" of the Americans, but Bret and Bryt were common Old English words for the (Celtic) Britons and survived until c.1300. In Old French, Bret as an adjective meant "British, Breton; cunning, crafty; simple-minded, stupid."

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